As the rain pelted the back of my neck and soaked my sweatshirt, Kolby and I struggled in the department store parking lot to free Kolby from his kennel. It became obvious rather quickly that Kolby in fact had outgrown his kennel. With an extremely slow and puzzle-like team effort approach to getting him out, I am sure it was not a pretty sight for passerby's to view.
I was pretty wet as we made it to the entrance of the department store for his outing, and Kolby had to do the twist a few times to dry off too. The problem is that Kolby enjoys sliding out of his kennel, even when it is up high in the cargo area of our car. While it is adorable, funny, and creative, it really does not make for good Assistance Dog Behavior. Having to catch a growing 30-something pound puppy as his legs are straight and his belly is scraping the kennel floor, the cargo floor, as his body bends towards the ground with no sign of Kolby catching his flat-out-self leaves this Puppy Raiser laughing while helping him learn not to do that trick.
I claim Kolby is smart. I know he is smart. But sometimes the elevator does not go to the top. Bend the legs, Buddy, and your head will make it through the door.
Nice work, Kolby. No more sliding out of the car, mmm-kay?!